Ford is giving the world a preview of its next generation Edge crossover with the introduction of the new Edge Concept.
Ford is giving the world a preview of its next generation Edge crossover with the introduction of the new Edge Concept. The Ford Edge Concept is going to take the stage today at the LA Auto Show and in addition to previewing the styling of the next Edge, the concept also features new technology like self-parking technology.
“The original Ford Edge offered customers in North America a fresh, compelling choice for an accommodating, efficient and safe medium utility vehicle,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas, Ford Motor Company. “The next-generation Edge – previewed in the Ford Edge Concept – will build on these cornerstones to create a global vehicle with technology to make life easier, and design and craftsmanship to appeal to customers around the globe.”
The coolest feature on the Edge Concept is the new Fully assisted parking aid that lets drivers park their vehicles at the touch of a button, or even by remote control. The concept builds on Ford’s current active park assist feature. It can find a perpendicular parking space using ultrasonic sensors. From inside, the driver pushes a button to activate the system; from outside the vehicle, fully assisted parking aid can be remotely activated, allowing customers to wait until the vehicle has pulled out of a tight parking spot before entering.
The concept also features new adaptive steering that makes steering at low speeds dramatically easier, and steering in all conditions feel more confident and engaging. The technology, which builds on Ford’s electric power-assisted steering system, controls the relationship between how much the driver turns the wheel and how much the road wheels turn.
Overall the styling of the Edge Concept is an evolution of the current Edge. Also to aid the fuel efficiency of a next-generation EcoBoost engine with start-stop technology, the Edge Concept has a new high-tech application of Active Grille Shutters.
It hasn’t been confirmed when Ford will unveil the next Edge, which will also be sold in markets outside the U.S.